Work-based learning may be the route for you if you want to work but still gain a qualification. A wide range of training opportunities is available. Work-based learning caters for all abilities and offers you the opportunity to get all the work skills and qualifications employers demand in the job market.

There are various options available through work-based learning:

Preparation programmes

Preparation programmes are available to all young people between the ages of 16 and 18. Preparation programmes offer support to young people who might not be ready for a full-time  apprenticeship, further education or employment and can help with Basic Skills, Key Skills, vocational skills and your personal development.


Traineeships are for young people who want to work, but who need extra help to move into apprenticeship or job. Traineeships will give you the opportunity to develop the skills and gain workplace experience that employers ask for. 

Intermediate apprenticeships

Intermediate apprenticeships lead to Level 2 or 3 qualifications. On Intermediate apprenticeships, employed apprentices will receive a wage of at least the National Minimum Wage rate for Apprenticeships.

Advanced apprenticeships

Advanced apprenticeships lead to Level 3 qualifications. On Advanced apprenticeships you will be employed and receive a wage of at least the National Minimum Wage rate for apprenticeships that will reflect your skills, experience and ability. 

Higher apprenticeships

Higher apprenticeships lead towards work-based learning qualifications (including Level 4 qualifications) and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.